Multi-factor authentication

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) at the University of Surrey invites applications for a fully-funded PhD position in Cryptography to work on a research project focusing on the design, analysis and development of multi-factor authentication protocols. 

Application deadline
Funding information

You will receive a tax-free stipend of approximately £22,000 per year (for 3.5 years). Additional funding is available to support presentation of research results at international conferences, participation in PhD summer schools, other scientific events, and engagement with industry.

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The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the functionality, security and privacy properties of multi-factor authentication in single-server and federated authentication scenarios, while taking into account existing authentication frameworks such as FIDO UAF/U2F, OAuth 2.0, etc. The successful candidate will be working under supervision of Dr Mark Manulis (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Thanassis Giannetsos (Co-Supervisor). 

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Have a bachelors degree with second-upper class honours in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline or alternatively, a masters degree in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Have strong background knowledge and technical skills (incl. programming skills) in cryptography and/or information/cyber security.

A related research-oriented BSc final year project or MSc dissertation will strengthen the profile of the candidate. We particularly welcome applications from ongoing students who are projected to fulfil the above criteria and complete their degree in 2018.

This position is funded by HM Government and is available only to UK citizens. Applications are welcome from UK citizens who are prepared to undergo security vetting conducted by respective UK authorities. The initial stage of vetting may last up to 3 months and needs to be accomplished successfully before the applicant can commence with their PhD studies and become eligible for the stipend.

How to apply

Applicants should submit their applications through our PhD Computer Science course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered. 

PhD Computer Science

Contact details

Mark Manulis
29 BB 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683911
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